Emerita Resources Corp.'s (EMO:TSX.V; EMOTF:OTCMKTS; LLJ:FSE) first hole drilled at its Romanera project returned "impressive (and unexpected) precious metals," reported Research Capital Corp. analyst Adam Schatzker in a June 23 research note.
In the longer term, if it turns out this initial hole is indicative of a large precious metals-rich zone there, that would positively impact the economics of a future Romanera mining operation, Schatzker noted.
This first Romanera drill hole completed by Emerita, LR-002, intersected 14.3 meters of massive sulfides and is remarkable for its high grades of silver and gold, Schatzker reported. Of all five metals encountered, silver had the highest grade, at 311.1 grams per ton (311 g/t). The gold grade was 7.61 g/t, and this, according to the analyst, was surprising and also noteworthy.
These silver and gold grades exceeded those of the high-grade portion (11,200,000 tons) of the 34,000,000 ton historical resource, 64 g/t, and 1 g/t, respectively.
Schatzker pointed out the 7.61 g/t gold grade is "quite high for this kind of deposit." Because its host hole LR-002 was placed in the upper part of the area on which the historical resource is based, "this appears to present some significant and unexpected upside potential at Romanera."
In terms of base metals, LR-002 returned 3% zinc, 2.9% lead, and 0.4% copper. These grades, Schatzker wrote, are more in line with those of the historical resource: 2.3% zinc, 1.1% lead, and 0.42% copper.
"We think that the results announced today should help Emerita outperform other base metal explorers in the near term (all else being equal)," wrote Schatzker.
Results of the three other holes comprising the maiden drill program at Romanera are pending. However, according to Emerita's management, they appear to have encountered significant sulfide mineralization as well, Schatzker relayed.
Looking forward, with six rigs active at Romanera and assay turnaround times faster than previously, investors can expect a steady stream of results from this project in Spain over the coming months.
"It is likely that we will have a much better concept of Romanera's potential within six months, assuming the pace of drilling and assay results are as expected," added Schatzker.
Research Capital has a Speculative Buy rating and a CA$4 per share price target on Emerita, the stock of which is currently trading at around CA$1.27 per share.
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